Press Release: Results came in a little more than a week ago for the eleventh World Beer Cup, hosted every two years and known as the most prestigious beer competition in the world. Over 200 judges gathered to taste nearly 6600 entries from 1907 breweries. Among Florida’s five winning breweries, 7venth Sun Brewery of Dunedin (and soon to be Tampa), took a silver medal for their Saison, La Fete, in the Session category. This award was the capstone after accumulating several awards in recent months, including a bronze for Vultures From the Past, a barrel-aged barley wine, at the annual Chicago hosted Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers. 7venth Sun also received best small brewery two years running in Florida’s Best of Florida Beer Championships as well as winning a gold medal for La Fete, a silver for Headbanger IPA and a gold and best small batch beer for Vultures From the Past.
Press Release: Joel Kodner, from Due South Brewing Co. in Boynton Beach, was awarded the John G Doble III Memorial Scholarship from the Florida Brewers Guild on March 5, 2016. Joel was the only recipient selected from a pool of qualified candidates from across the state who applied for this scholarship to attend the World Brewing Academy Concise Course in Brewing Technology at the Seibel Institute of Technology in Illinois. This is an annual scholarship awarded to one person each year.
Citrus Park Brewery is one of Tampa Bay’s youngest craft breweries, but they keep gaining steam and attention in their corner of Odessa. Recently, the brewery (which is located inside the Citrus Park House of Beer) earned top honors in Soutology.com’s quest to find the best barbecue in Tampa Bay. In celebration, the brewery and beer bar has extended the hours it serves barbecue- every day except Monday.
The United States Beer Tasting Championship (USBTC) is just that: an organization whose mission is to find the best beers brewed in America, and this year they have found many of those beers brewed by Cigar City Brewing in Tampa.
Florida residents have been in on the secret for a while now: craft beer in the Sunshine State has been improving, advancing, and expanding for a while now. This news has been pouring out of the Southernmost State and after this year’s U.S. Open Beer Championship, Florida’s craft breweries have proven their mettle once again amidst national competition.